New York (CNN Business) American Airlines now won't use its fleet of Boeing 737 Max planes any time this summer.
The world's largest airline, which has 24 of the 737 Max jets in its fleet, said it is canceling about 115 flights a day through September 3 as a result of the grounding. It previously had canceled flights through August 19.
American Airlines has been on an employee appreciation kick in recent days.
Last week AA saluted the carrier’s thousands of mechanics, who just happen to be fuming over the lack of progress in getting a new contract.
And on Frida, AA will give a big tip of the hat to the 28,261 flight attendants (but who’s counting?) who now work for American around the world.
Today, in the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the Company filed for a temporary restraining order against the TWU/IAM Association. They go on to say that the allegations of illegal conduct have dramatically escalated and has become devastating to the operations. They continue to accuse the association of doing nothing to stop the allege slowdown, but instead, have "continued to issue inflammatory statements." In its filing, they continue to use small snips of TWU International President John Samuelsen's speech during a town hall meeting in New York with Robert Isom.
The Company will continue with its motion for an injunction against the TWU/IAM Association. But they believe that the Temporary restraining order is necessary. There has been no court filing response from the association after this court filing this afternoon. It seems that the filing is geared towards unions airline mechanics.
On June 11, both parties conducted a court-sponsored settlement conference in DFW. They discussed the facts of the case and the issues to be tired but were unable to settle. There has been some progress, but the prospects of reaching an agreement were low. The next Court ordered settlement conference is next week, they did agree to continue discussing a resolution to the case. If no settlement can be reached, then the trial will start on July 1.
Also, this week, the TWU/IAM Association took out a full-page ad on the Wall Street Journal. Once we get more information about the temporary injunction against the association, we will share it with everyone.
American Airlines announced that they agreed to a rehabilitation plan to strengthen the IAM Pension Fund and protect its retirement benefits. Both Company and IAM agreed to a Preferred Scheduling of the plan. The Company chose to increase its financial contribution so that it would ensure the future monthly benefits at age 65 for the IAM will not be reduced. The question now is what about the TWU counterparts and our pension?
In our Push Committee meeting, a change is in progress, and after much discussion and review. The Committee agreed that beginning Saturday, June 15, pushes involving gates K1 through K5, any push on the North line must be completed and cleared before K5 being allowed to push. The use of the Supertug has a tentative start date of July 8. It would involve a four-person arrival procedure.
Once again, lessons are due June 15, please don't wait till the last minute to get them done to avoid issues that may arise.
From all of the officers of TWU Local 512, we wish everyone a very Happy Father’s Day.
TWU Local 525 members of Engine 1 Firehouse at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL make an unforgettable journey to escort a World Trade Center beam from NYC to Philadelphia to Miami and back home for installation at their 9/11 firehouse memorial.
January 08, 2019
TO:ALL LOCAL 512 MEMBERS
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Recently there have been modifications to the Ramp Operations Manual. In Section 08.06.5 Powerstow Extendable Beltloader has one item added, Paragraph (I) States: "The Powerstow is designed to be safely used with one person in the bin of the aircraft."
The language in paragraph (I) is not in any other section with regards to Beltloaders. It is not in Operating Guidelines, and not in offloading or loading operation procedures. It is TWU Local 512's contention that the language specifies its design but does not mandate it.
TWU Local 512 continues stand firm on its safety concerns with regards to this addition to the Ramp Operations Manual. There is no clear procedure or guidelines how it can be safely used when there is no visual contact with an FSC in the belly that is at the end of the Powerstow.
There must always be two FSC’s in the belly to resolve this concern. The main focus should always be to provide every member with the safest work environment. We should never take shortcuts when it comes to safety.
Sincerely and Fraternally,
TRANSPORT WORKERS UNION – Local 512
First Annual William G. Lindner Awards
TWU Local 512 New Steward Training
Wishing TWU Local 512 Member Tom Wickham a Happy and Healthy Retirement after 42 years of service
Congratulations John Davies on his Retirement and 50th years of service
512 Strong H9 Crew May 28, 2018
512 Strong ROC May 28, 2018
Mike Neville's Retirement Congratulations
TWU Local 512 President Juan Elvira Ramp Safety Walk
TWU Local 512 President Juan Elvira Ramp Safety Walk
New Officers of TWU local 512 Sworn in
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